BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse took a clear victory in Race 2 in the Czech Republic last weekend, with Norbert Michelisz taking his Hyundai Elantra N TCR to the top step of the podium. His team-mate Gabriele Tarquini finished the first race in tenth position, but was eliminated by another car on the first lap of the second race.
The team is hoping to harness the winning momentum of the previous round to continue fighting at the head of the race in Pau-Arnos. The main objective is to continue to conquer important points to climb the championship standings, in which the team is currently sixth, while in the drivers standings Michelisz and Tarquini are respectively eleventh and fourteenth.
The Race of France is the second consecutive new event on the revamped 2021 WTCR calendar, and will be the first time that an FIA series will race at the Pau-Arnos circuit. With a length of 3030 meters, the track has only seven corners for riders to tackle. Without teams with previous track experience, the two free practice sessions will play a crucial role.
BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Team Principal Gabriele Rizzo said: “The whole team is still elated with last weekend’s victory, but we know there is still work to be done to ensure we maintain positive results. It was not easy to win the race in the Czech Republic and we will face a similar challenge to the Race of France as we venture into the unknown in Pau-Arnos. We are motivated to bring home good results. We just need to maximize each session to make sure we exploit the full potential of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR ”.
Tarquini comments: “The Pau-Arnos circuit is another new track for me! I watched some videos to try to get to know the track, but once again free practice will be very important to gain confidence and make a good qualification. It is difficult to have expectations in a weekend on a completely new circuit, but I think we have a strong package with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR that will allow us to fight in France ”.
Michelisz adds: “I am looking forward to racing the Race of France and gaining experience on a new circuit. Last weekend we were able to catch up fairly quickly with an entirely new track, and we managed to take pole with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR. Our goal is to try to repeat the performance in Pau-Arnos and challenge the leaders of the group in qualifying and races to ensure we accumulate as many points as possible for the classification ”.